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Sanchez anticipates a quarterback decision “soon”

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Like several other teams, the Jets haven’t named a starting quarterback for Week One.  Unlike other teams without a starting quarterback, the Jets have a large and aggressive local media constantly covering the issue.

On Monday, the two contenders had yet another chance to answer questions about a competition that, in the opinion of the incumbent, may not last much longer.

“I think we’re coming down the stretch here, so I’m sure a decision will be made here soon,” Mark Sanchez said, via quotes distributed by the team.  “Other than that, I don’t know.”

Sanchez does know that, in his opinion, he’s “definitely” had the best training camp of his career.  But he says he’s not bothered by his uncertain status.

“I don’t care,” Sanchez said.  “I really don’t.  I’ve competed my whole life and I’m ready to play.”

The other contender, Geno Smith, remains optimistic that he can win the job despite missing the second preseason game due to a sprained ankle.

“I just have to go out there and execute,” Smith said, “do what I’m told, do what I’m coached to do, go out there [and] run the plays to the best of my ability, make sound reads, be good with my footwork [and] just prove to the coaches and teammates that, hey, I belong here.”

Smith, who said his ankle is feeling much better, said he doesn’t believe that the decision rides on the outcome of the third preseason game.

“No, I don’t think so,” Smith said.  “Not one game.  They’ve been evaluating me since I’ve been here and I don’t think one or two games will be able to tell you exactly where I am because it’s still early in my career.  It’s about learning and I have a lot of learning to do, so every single rep that I get is going to be vital for my success in the future.  [Marty Mornhinweg is] going to evaluate me and he has been doing so already every single day in practice and it’s only going to get better for me because I get to become more comfortable and just get more snaps in the game in live action and that helps out a lot.”

It’s looking like Smith will indeed get a chance to prove in the third preseason game that he should start the regular-season opener.  While he declined to apply a percentage to his health, he said he could play if the game were tomorrow.

Soon enough, we’ll find out if the team’s presumed quarterback of tomorrow ends up being the starter of today.

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37 Responses to “Sanchez anticipates a quarterback decision “soon””
  1. jetsfaninjersey says: Aug 19, 2013 5:33 PM

    I do not think that Rex has the balls to start Geno. If Woody wanted Smith to start it would be done. Sanchez, even in preseason has made the same mistakes that Jet fans loath…red zone turnover.
    I say cut the damn cord, move on to the next chapter and if the defense can bear any semblance to what it was when Sanchez was a rookie, they can be competitive and maybe go 9-7 8-8. Sanchez is an experienced playoff backup and if Smith STINKS out the Meadowlands, put Sanchez back in.

  2. newjerseygiants says: Aug 19, 2013 5:33 PM

    Apparently, Rex has given him the thumbs-up.

  3. olcap says: Aug 19, 2013 5:34 PM

    Uh oh, I wonder if Rex and Sanchez went out last night, got drunk and both got tattoos?

  4. ingraven says: Aug 19, 2013 5:36 PM


  5. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 19, 2013 5:37 PM

    Sanchez will start week one. Geno will start week two. McElroy will start week three. What a mess.

  6. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 19, 2013 5:37 PM

    Don’t be mad.. UPS is hiring.

  7. brassknuckles47 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:40 PM

    The Jets and the Eagles with QB. Tried of hearing about it. Get it done already!

  8. unkrautsalat says: Aug 19, 2013 5:40 PM

    Sanchez seems to be a much improved QB compared to last season. Problem is: That’s still bad. Pretty bad.

  9. mykl954 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:43 PM

    It’s like deciding between acid reflux and diverticulitis

  10. phillyhouse222 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:49 PM

    Unlike other teams without a starting quarterback, the Jets have a large and aggressive local media constantly covering the issue.


    Uh……………what about the 215?

  11. swaggyy says: Aug 19, 2013 5:49 PM

    I anticipate some turnovers soon

  12. notoriousjebus says: Aug 19, 2013 5:51 PM

    It doesn’t really matter who starts, the Jets aren’t good. No #1 or #2 receivers, one average pass catching TE, an unproven RB corps, and a suspect offensive line. I know the sexy story is “Mark Sanchez is a butt fumbling awful QB”. But really, what do you think would happen if you dropped any of the other 31 starters in the league onto the Jets? Do they magically become Super Bowl contenders? Probably not, so devoting any ink to who’s going to be the starter is like reporting about a lost cat while the town is burning down.

  13. bullcharger says: Aug 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    If Smith can win the competition they should start him. Why not start the best QB? If he can’t then just let him develop for a while until he’s better than Sanchez (which will be this year) and let Sanchez be the scapegoat in the mean time.

  14. jjb0811 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    Never fear they’ll both start this year!

  15. arrowrock1976 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:02 PM

    Yes please start Sanchez!

    A Pats Fan

  16. nyjetsfanatic says: Aug 19, 2013 6:05 PM

    As frustrated as Sanchez makes everyone, I think he has to start week 1. And bring in Geno around Week 7-8.

    What happens if you put in Geno week 1 and the next three games are horrible? What are you going to do, put Sanchez back in? That looks terrible.

    Start with Sanchez, end with Geno.

  17. canadianvikingfaniii says: Aug 19, 2013 6:12 PM

    Sanchez, I admire that you are trying to compete with Shahid Kahn in the best 70s porn stash, but nothing can beat his.

  18. orivar says: Aug 19, 2013 6:15 PM

    I just don’t get why Sanchez still tries to force issues that aren’t there like he’s playing Madden. Maybe he does play too much Madden? I mean Sanchez can make good throws and has shown signs of extreme accuracy and with good zip on the ball but then he does something extremely stupid like try to fit a ball into triple coverage, or try to make a throw when the pocket has collapsed and he’s ten steps behind with a guy in his face and another in the lane he’s trying to throw too, throw across his body, etc. etc.

    It just puzzles me. Especially when throwing across the body as only big bodied strong QBs can successfully pull that off. Your Big Bens, McNabb who made a career out of that, and so on.

  19. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 19, 2013 6:17 PM

    Jet fans and coaches anticipate turnovers from Sanchez. Nuff said.

  20. securb2013 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:19 PM

    Sanchez will be Brady’s backup next year…book it.

  21. jimbo75025 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:19 PM

    It’s a durned if you do, durned if you don’t situation.

    A)If you start Sanchez and he does even the least bit well, then the Jets are gonna be stuck with him and an even bigger payday next year.

    B)If you start Smith and he sucks, and you have to turn back to Sanchez then see A.

  22. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Aug 19, 2013 6:31 PM

    Rexy will choose the starting QB whose footwork passes the smell and taste test. Both will need to be on their toes and put their best foot forward in practice and the final two preseason games. Coach Ryan is very straightforward. He knows what he likes. The starter will have to stand on his best assets.

  23. mistrezzrachael says: Aug 19, 2013 6:31 PM

    Does not make 1 bit of difference.

    Neither can play…just w/Smith you haven’t seen his worst yet…well, umm, guess that’s the same w/Sanchez.

    Neither is a franchise QB, and neither plays for a team who will win more than 3-4 games..if any.

    Think they’ll hire Josh McDaniels next year?????…Lol, they wish, but no way he’d go to that nuthouse.

    Happy 45th anniversary jet fans!!!! At this pace 100 sounds realistic…what a circus.

  24. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:34 PM

    I’ve got to be honest: Don’t know who would even want the job. No. 1 receiver: Braylon Edwards? Seriously?

  25. celriot1 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:42 PM

    After last Saturday it is Geno’s job to lose. It (not so) amazing that he gained ground by not playing due to Sanchez being Sanchez.

  26. floridafootballologist says: Aug 19, 2013 6:43 PM

    “I don’t care,” Sanchez said. ”I really don’t….”

    I believe this says it all.

  27. tindeaux says: Aug 19, 2013 6:49 PM

    well, how about mcelroy is the starter?
    we’ve seen how good sanchez can be. geno? perhaps, but at the moment, mcelroy is solid starter for me.

  28. kev86 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:58 PM

    Marks hair looks nice in a headband.

  29. bookofelisha10 says: Aug 19, 2013 7:19 PM

    jets fans can prepare for another terrible season plagued by terrible sanchez decisions–you know what you have, why not give geno a chance.

  30. ampats says: Aug 19, 2013 8:04 PM

    What is with the fumanchu-mustache ? Is Sanchez trying to reincarnate his inner Joe Willie circa 1969?

    Sanchez, Geno whatever in 2013. Idzik’s decision is going to be Clowney or Bridgewater?

    Is it time to start polling Jets fans as we approach 45?

  31. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 19, 2013 8:12 PM

    “I don’t care,” Sanchez said. ”I really don’t.

    Which is why Sanchez will never be a success story in the NFL or anything else.

  32. j0esixpack says: Aug 19, 2013 8:59 PM

    The tattoo factor puts Sanchez over the top

  33. eyefeeler says: Aug 19, 2013 9:10 PM


  34. lrjets says: Aug 20, 2013 5:33 AM

    youarejealousof6rings says:Aug 19, 2013 5:37 PM

    Sanchez will start week one. Geno will start week two. McElroy will start week three. What a mess.

    Agreed, unlike the Steelers.

  35. lrjets says: Aug 20, 2013 10:59 AM


    Why do you devote so much time and energy on the Jets? No one in NY cared for the 86 years that the Bosox didn’t win a World Series.

    Yes…the Jets are a mess, but they won a playoff game more recently than your Patriots.

    Jets-Pats all time head-to-head record including the Brady years.

    51-55-1 Ain’t too bad for all your yapping.

  36. lrjets says: Aug 20, 2013 11:02 AM

    olcap says:Aug 19, 2013 5:34 PM

    Uh oh, I wonder if Rex and Sanchez went out last night, got drunk and both got tattoos?

    I can arrive at only one conclusion why you “wonder”.

    Am I right?

  37. cool10857 says: Aug 21, 2013 5:36 PM

    Adios Sanchez.

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